How to cope with stress?

On a daily basis, individuals confront unpleasant situations. They often find themselves at a cross roads where they have difficulties accomplishing the simplest of tasks.

Whether these situations are social or economic issues- they can be all linked to health problems.

For example, an individual’s appetite can become altered from consistent pressures of meeting deadlines or frustrations of being unable to complete several tasks on time. As a result they can become emotional, depressed, and paranoid. Chronic stress can develop and the human body can become affected mentally, psychologically, and physically for a prolonged time.

According to, Psychology Today, the human body reacts to threats by the process of “fight or flight,” response. The stress hormones such as epinephrine and cortisol play an essential role in the response to the threats. It prepares the human body to make an attempt to react to the negative threats by resisting them or by escaping the challenge. Psychology Today, has defined stress as a stimulus that can react not only negatively but sometimes also positively within us. The ‘acute stress,’ also known as ‘short-term stress,’ keeps us alert and awake. However, the long-term/prolonged or ‘chronic stress’ can be really harmful to our bodies.

There are a number of ways that help us to manage and prevent stress. It is proven that exercising helps us to improve the stress levels and prevents us from having anxiety or depression because endorphins are released into our body system that help us to cope with our daily concerns. Getting necessary sleep of eight hours is also vital for our health and well-being. Sleeping is associated with mental and physical performance.

Another method that facilitates in the stress reduction is to eat a healthy balanced diet. A diet composed of frequent small meals of antioxidants, vitamins, carbohydrates, amino acids and healthy fats. Carbohydrates’ role to produce serotonin serves in amelioration of our emotional state, hunger, sleep and acquiring knowledge. A Mediterranean diet in the Dr.Oz Show from the Director of Research, Marco Di Buono, Ph.D. is proven to be effective in reduction of stress but also in overall health. It consists of vegetables, fruits and whole grains and healthy fats. This diet lowers the risk of heart diseases, stroke, blood cholesterol levels, cancers and a large number of other diseases.

Buono M., (2011). Science of the Mediterranean Diet. Dr. Oz Show. Retrieved from http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/science-mediterranean-diet (Jan, 2014)

Stress. Psychology Today. Retrieved from http://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/stress (Jan, 2014)

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